For nearly half of American millennials, the American dream is dead, according to the results of a new national poll from Harvard's Institute of Politics released Thursday. Among those aged 18 to 29, 48 percent said it was "dead," and 49 percent said it was "alive." Among supporters of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, however, majorities of 61 percent and 56 percent said it was decidedly dead. College graduates were more likely to say it was still "alive" for them (58 percent), to just 42 percent of non-college graduates who said the same thing. About 56 percent overall expressed a desire for the Democrats to maintain control of the White House, in line with the 55 percent who responded that way in the institute's spring survey. By contrast, just 36 percent said they wanted to see a Republican as the next president, a decrease of 4 points from April. read more
The polls have closed in Alabama for the special U.S Senate election between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore, a race that has heightened interest because of credible allegations from multiple women that Moore sexually pursued underage girls in his 30s and was banned from a mall. One voter's take on FiveThirtyEight:"I'm a registered Republican, but I don't feel like Moore represents the kind of person who should be office," said Devin Taylor, a pharmaceutical sales representative. Taylor said he voted for Jones.
Sean King: This is where progressives find themselves. When the preferred progressive candidate doesn't win, either because they ran a bad campaign, struggled in the two-party system, or lacked the support they needed in other ways, progressives too often proceed to tear down the establishment candidate. I'm not speaking in code here about Hillary Clinton, either. I've seen this in races all over the country. Progressives are terrible losers. And don't get me wrong: I hate losing, too. I despise it. But when my preferred candidate loses, I simply don't feel like I have the right to set the whole election ablaze. read more
Jonathan Chait: [Donald] Trump is preparing to shut down Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian intervention in the 2016 election. The administration and its allied media organs, especially those owned by Rupert Murdoch, have spent months floating a series of rationales, of varying degrees of implausibility, for why a deeply respected Republican law-enforcement veteran is disqualified to lead the inquiry ... Trump has publicly declared any investigation into his finances would constitute a red line, and that he reserves the option to fire Mueller if he investigates them. Earlier this month, it was reported that Mueller has subpoenaed records at Deutsche Bank, an institution favored both by Trump and the Russian spy network.
David Brooks: A lot of good, honorable Republicans used to believe there was a safe middle ground. You didn't have to tie yourself hip to hip with Donald Trump, but you didn't have to go all the way to the other extreme and commit political suicide like the dissident Jeff Flake, either. You could sort of float along in the middle, and keep your head down until this whole Trump thing passed. Now it's clear that middle ground doesn't exist. That's because Donald Trump never stops asking. There is no end to what Trump will ask of his party. He is defined by shamelessness, and so there is no bottom. And apparently there is no end to what regular Republicans are willing to give him. Trump may soon ask them to accept his firing of Robert Mueller, and yes, after some sighing, they will accept that, too. That's the way these corrupt bargains always work. You think you're only giving your tormentor a little piece of yourself, but he keeps asking and asking, and before long he owns your entire soul. read more
Cara Pressman sobbed in the big red chair in her living room. The 15-year-old tried to absorb the devastating news relayed by her parents: that their insurance company, Aetna, denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9 years old. "When my parents told me, I went kind of blank and started crying," she said. "I cried for like an hour." Her friends had been lined up to visit her in the hospital for the surgery three days away, on Monday, October 23. Between tears, she texted them that the whole thing was off. It was supposed to be a joyous weekend. Cara's grandparents had come to town to celebrate their 90th birthdays, a jubilant party with more than 100 family and friends crowding her home. The party did go on -- just with a lot more stress. read more
Jared Yates Sexton: The change first came in the weeks after September 11. Whereas my family had kept their slurs and fascist ideologies largely confined to the safety of our homes, now they were openly having these conversations with other like-minded people in public. At lunch I'd overhear neighbors refer to "towel---," "sand---," and it was nothing for a quick chat at the Wal-Mart to be punctuated by a call to bomb every man, woman, and child in the Middle East until there was nothing left. "Turn the desert into glass," they said. "Let God sort 'em out." In the years following, there were less of these open displays as polite society frowned upon them, but they didn't stop altogether. read more
Egypt and Russia have signed a contract to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader also voiced a willingness to resume direct flights to Egypt. A final contract to start work constructing Egypt's first nuclear power plant was signed on Monday in Cairo during a meeting between Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The power plant, which will contain four 1,200 megawatt reactors, will be built in Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast. read more
In most places, a dollar is a dollar. But in the tax code envisioned by Republicans, the amount you make may be less important than how you make it. Consider two chefs working side by side for the same catering company, doing the same job, for the same hours and the same money. The only difference is that one is an employee, the other an independent contractor. Under the Republican plans, one gets a tax break and the other doesn't. That's because for the first time since the United States adopted an income tax, a higher rate would be applied to employee wages and salaries than to income earned by proprietors, partnerships and closely held corporations. read more
President Trump aggressively returned to the issue of sexual harassment on Tuesday, again dismissing his own accusers as fabricators and attacking a female Democratic senator as a "lightweight" who "would do anything" for campaign contributions. The president's attacks came in early morning Twitter posts after three of the accusers had come forward on Monday to renew their charges from last year that Mr. Trump had sexually assaulted them before he entered politics, and after the senator, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, had called for him to resign. While Mr. Trump weathered the accusations during his presidential campaign, the flood of recent allegations against powerful men has revived the issue of sexual harassment with a newfound fury. read more